Board Policies and School Handbooks-- Checking for Barriers (That Might Impede Full, Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants) School Level Application . Christie Lentz Consultant School Improvement Application Workshop April 27, 2010.
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Board Policies and School Handbooks-- Checking for Barriers (That Might Impede Full, Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants)School Level Application
School Improvement Application Workshop
April 27, 2010
Elementary and secondary education in Tennessee is governed by Federal law, Tennessee statutes, State Board of Education Rules and policies of local education agencies (LEAs). Most state statutes governing education are contained in Title 49.
The State Board of Education is the governing and policy making body for the Tennessee system of public elementary and secondary education. The Board also coordinates its efforts with the State Department of Education, which implements law and policies established by the General Assembly and the Board.
Although the State Department of Education has some regulatory authority over local education agencies with regard to certain issues, most issues related to elementary and secondary education are under the authority of local school systems. Pursuant to TCA Section 49-2-203, a local board of education has the authority to "manage and control all public schools established or that may be established under its jurisdiction."
The LEA must assure that it will--
2) Modify its practices and policies as necessary to enable its schools to implement the interventions fully and effectively
[Assurance that receives the signatures of Director of Schools and Board Chair on L-2]
d) Modify its practices or policies, if necessary, to enable its schools to implement the interventions fully and effectively.
The LEA will provide:
[Appendix B Scoring Rubric-page 4 Question 13]
In the event a barrier becomes evident during the implementation of the grant, it will be addressed at a milestone meeting with district staff.
VII. School Level Descriptive Information
This section must be submitted electronically for each individual school that will be served by school improvement funds.
The electronic file with the school level descriptive information must contain the LEA name and the school name.
Caution: Please take care to complete the correct items for the status of that specific school.
(mark TBD if unknown at this time)
(Please check appropriate tier)
Appendix C—Template for Component 4
1) Intervention Model (of the 4 allowable)
2) Responses to Questions in Appendix F regarding Intervention Model Selection (number of questions to be answered vary with intervention model. All questions for intervention model chosen must be answered in boxes provided.
3) Rationale for selection of intervention model
Questions for selection of an Intervention for Tier I and Tier II schools only.
Please refer to VII. School Level Descriptive Information
EXCERT from Handbook on Effective Implementation of School Improvement Grants, Center on Innovation & Improvement
The Turnaround Model
The LEA replaces the principal (although the LEA may retain a recently hired principal where a turnaround, restart, or transformation was instituted in past two years) and rehiring no more than 50% of the staff; gives greater principal autonomy; implements other prescribed and recommended strategies.
1. How will the LEA select a new leader for the school, and what experience, training, and skills will the new leader be expected to possess?
2. How will the LEA assign effective teachers and leaders to the lowest achieving schools?
3. How will the LEA begin to develop a pipeline of effective teachers and leaders to work in turnaround schools?
1) Intervention (Must adopt a Whole School Reform Model-- a proven model for capacity building and transformational change in the school
SDE will provide the following to assist with selection of a model:
a) a list of state-approved vendors on the state website and
b) training to assist in a data driven selection process and to
provide examples of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to use in contracting with the vendor.
2) Rationale for choosing intervention from the vendor list
Intervention activities the school will implement
Exemplary Educators and STATS will be provided to identify needs and implement change to impact student achievement positively.
Description of implementation plan with quarterly milestone goals for each year
and 3 year timeline
[Appendix B Scoring Rubric-page 5 and 6 School Section Questions 1-10]
achievement data and SIG indicators)
School Improvement Application Location on the TDOE Website (posted 4/22/10)—Federal Programs: Title I, Part A-School Improvement Funds http://www.state.tn.us/education/fedprog/fpschlimprove.shtml
LEA Application - Documents to be Submitted
LEA Application - Documents to be Used in the Completion of the Application
(Be sure to keep a copy of the signed application.)